The Magic of New Orleans: SPGAmex 35K Starpoint Challenge


NOLADo you want to travel more and get paid in points towards more trips?

You do not need magic to make this dream come true just sign up for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. Until March 30, 2016, SPG Amex is offering a sign-up bonus of 35,000 Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first three months. I love my  card and all of the benefits available. 

LE MeridienCard Members are treated like royalty at Starwood Properties and I was challenged to use 35,000 Starpoints to book two nights at Le Meridien in New Orleans. My college roommate and I enjoyed incredible assistance from the entire concierge team who helped us select meals at Herbsaint, Luke and La Petite Grocery. Each restaurant was unique, fantastic and run by a James Beard Foundation winner or Top Chef! I also earned Starpoints towards my next adventure by paying with my SPG Amex card. 

riverwalkOur breakfast at LMNO at Le Meridien, drinks at Longitude 90 at Le Meridien with one of the best burgers ever, and buffet breakfast at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place were delicious, nutritious and earned me double points because I used my SPG Amex to  pay at Starwood Properties! With SPG Amex, you can earn points  quickly and turn them into complimentary nights on your next vacation. You can use your Starpoints at over 1,100 Starwood properties and towards flights on 30 frequent flyer programs, all with no blackout dates.

garden district nolaWondering if this is too good to be true? 35,000 Starpoints can bring you: two complimentary nights at a Category 5 hotel, from domestic properties, like The Westin Austin Downtown and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Hawaii, to international ones, like The Westin Palace in Madrid to The St. Regis Beijing.

Did you sign up yet? Do not miss out on this limited time offer, take advantage and make your travel dreams into a reality. 

SPGAmex Card ArtMy trip to New Orleans with Starpoints was incredible. It was easy to walk to see the floats at Mardi Gras World from my centrally located hotel. The St. Joseph’s Italian day parade was amazing to see and close to where we were staying. Literally around the corner from my hotel, a butterfly landed on my hand at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. I was able to check on times and locations easily with complimentary in-room premium Internet.

I am already selecting where I will use my Starpoints next! How would you use 35K Starpoints to plan a vacation?

Editor’s Note: While I received 35,000 Starpoints from American Express to talk about the incredible limited time offer for Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, all opinions expressed are my own.

Read more of Lisa’s New Orleans Adventures:

Part One What to Do, Part Two Where to Stay and Part Three What to Eat.
Lisa Niver loved New Orleans! Photo by Amy Martin from Flytographer

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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